Freeman, Freeman & Smiley LLP

Professional Details

Geraldine A. Wyle, Partner

Geraldine A. Wyle’s practice focuses on the areas of complex litigation and dispute resolution concerning trusts and estates, conservatorships and guardianships, often involving fiduciary and inter-generational family controversies, as well as appellate law.

Ms. Wyle is responsible for significant California Supreme Court and Court of Appeal victories, including the seminal case of Estate of Goulet (1995) 10 Cal. 4th 1074, establishing that a trustee has standing to appeal an order concerning implementation of a trust’s no contest clause.  She has been the lead attorney in numerous  multi-faceted matters.  Ms. Wyle often heads a team of tax, administrative and transactional specialists, frequently resolving the disputes by settlement, employing creative solutions with tax-efficient strategies.

Ms. Wyle was recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2017 Litigation – Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year” award winner in Los Angeles.  Since 2010, she has been selected by her peers every year for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America® editions.  Ms. Wyle has been awarded an AV Preeminent® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards, and consistently named to the Southern California Super Lawyers list for more than 15 years.  

Ms. Wyle has lectured for many professional groups, including the Continuing Education of the Bar of California, ACTEC, USC Trust and Estate Conference, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the San Fernando Valley Bar Association and the San Fernando Valley Estate Planning Council.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association | Litigation Section 
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association | Trusts and Estate Section | Chair, Executive Committee |1998-1999, 2000-2001 | Distinguished Service Award | 2002
  • Beverly Hills Bar Foundation | Board of Directors and Past President | 2008-2010 | Co-Chair and Past Chair of Foundation's Supreme Court Luncheon Donor Committee | 2006-Present
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) | Fellow | Official Observer to the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) Committee on the Uniform Unsworn Domestic Declarations Act

Presentations & Publications

  • “Dorothy, We’re Not in Kansas Anymore: Venturing Outside of the Probate Court" | 43rd Annual USC 2017 Trust & Estate Conference | November 2017